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10 Reasons to Love Istanbul

DATE : February 19, 2019

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Istanbul has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. From the political instability to the military coup to a long list of travel warnings you’d think Turkey’s largest city was some backwater town to be flown over on the way to somewhere better. 36 million annual tourists would beg to differ. We’ve heard about the hate but it’s time to give Turkey some love. Here are 10 reasons to visit Istanbul.
It Has Been the Capital of 4 Empires Istanbul has been capital of the Roman, Byzantine, Latin, and Ottoman empires. The city has even changed names several times from Byzantium to Constantinople to modern day Istanbul. The irony? Today the city of 13 million isn’t even the capital of Turkey – that distinction goes to Ankara.

The Hagia Sofia This gigantic 1400 year old building whose name means ‘holy wisdom’ was originally a cathedral in Constantinope and later a mosque under the Ottoman Empire. Today it has been secularised by the Turkish government and turned into a museum.

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The 5 best cities for celebrating New Year’s Eve in Europe

DATE : February 19, 2019

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If you’re traveling Europe over December and January, you don’t have to forgo your usual festive celebrations. In fact, it’s likely you’ll have an altogether new and significantly more unique celebration than you’re used to. Here are 5 cities to consider if you’re spending New Year’s Eve in Europe – and you can reach them all by train with a Eurail Pass!
New Year’s Eve in Europe Barcelona Barcelona is a reveler’s dream at any time of the year. But throw a big occasion like New Year’s Eve into the mix, and you’re in for an unbeatable party. Most bars and clubs organize some form of New Year’s Eve celebration. Chances are it will run well into the early hours of the morning. If you’re up for some outdoor action, you could also take a stroll down the lively Las Ramblas to soak up some of the NYE atmosphere.
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The Most Mind Blowing Istanbul Museums

DATE : May 14, 2017

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Istanbul is most famous for its superstructures. Jaw-dropping historical attractions like the Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace and Blue Mosque have captured the imaginations of travelers for hundreds of years.But visitors who only see the most famous Istanbul attractions are missing one of the city’s greatest draws: a plethora of unbelievably rich and quirky museums. Istanbul museums delve deep into diverse aspects of the city’s multi-layered past and there is something for nearly every interest: you can explore the vaults of great Ottoman banks, see some of the world’s most prized carpets, climb aboard a military submarine, blur fiction and reality with one of Turkey’s most famous contemporary books or walk in the footsteps of the Sultans.
If you are planning to visit a number of Istanbul museums and tourist attractions in a short space of time the Müze Kart Museum Pass (Valid for 5 days from first use and costing 85TL) is a great way to save money and time. It gives you free entrance to..

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